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The Language of Mathematics: Making the Invisible Visible by Keith J. Devlin, Keith Devlin Average Customer Review: Paperback (01 March, 2000) list price: $14.95  our price: $14.95 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Editorial Review Keith Devlin is trying to be the Carl Sagan of mathematics, and he is succeeding. He writes: "Though the structures and patterns of mathematics reflect the structure of, and resonate in, the human mind every bit as much as do the structures and patterns of music, human beings have developed no mathematical equivalent of a pair of ears. Mathematics can be seen only with the eyes of the mind." All of his books are attempts to get around this problem, to "try to communicate to others some sense of what it is we experiencesome sense of the simplicity, the precision, the purity, and the elegance that give the patterns of mathematics their aesthetic value." Life by the Numbers, Devlin's companion book to the PBS series of the same name, is heavily illustrated and soothingly low on equations. But as he says, wanting mathematics without abstract notation "is rather like saying that Shakespeare would be much easier to understand if it were written in simpler language." The Language of Mathematics is Devlin's second iteration of the approach he used in Mathematics: The Science of Patterns. It covers all the same ground (and uses many of the same words) as the latter, but with fewer glossy pictures, sidebars, and references. Devlin has also added chapters on statistics and on mathematical patterns in nature. Mary Ellen Curtin ... Read more Reviews (11)
Perceiving patterns.
Breathtaking
Clear and engaging Devlin states at the end that he decided to exclude many areas of mathematics in order to focus more effectively on what he did cover. As a result there is little or no coverage of chaos theory, game theory, catastrophe theory, or a long list of other topics.The fact is there will always be holes in a book this sizemathematics has expanded so much in the last hundred years that even a book ten times this size could barely survey it.The decision to focus was a good one, and the subjects chosen are good: the truly exciting stories are here: Archimedes, Fermat, Gauss, Galois, Riemann, Wiles, and many more. Potential purchasers should note, by the way, that this book was reworked from Devlin's "Mathematics: The Science Of Patterns".In Devlin's words (not from either book): "The Language of Mathematics is a restructuring of Science of Patterns that omits most of the color illustrations (a minus) but has two new chapters covering topics not in Science of Patterns (a plus). If you want lots of color, go for patterns; Language of Mathematics covers more ground."I've read both, and I have to say they're both worth getting.The two new chapters in this book are the ones on probability and the applications of mathematics in science; they're well done and interesting.However, the pictures in Science of Patterns are very high quality. They're both fine books, and I can strongly recommend each of them.If you have to get one, I'd say get Science of Patterns.Even though Language of Mathematics does have some colour plates, Science of Patterns is really a gorgeous book to read with many good illustrations.I ended up buying both, and you may end up doing that too. ... Read more Isbn: 0716739674 
$14.95 
Strength In Numbers : Discovering the Joy and Power of Mathematics in Everyday Life by Sherman K.Stein Average Customer Review: Paperback (05 February, 1999) list price: $19.95  our price: $19.95 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (5)
Examples of why math makes the world go round
Demystifying math... I highly recommend this book to all levels of math students AND math teachers.
As Someone Who Has to Encourage Math. to Youngsters Isbn: 0471329746 
$19.95 
e: The Story of a Number by Eli Maor Average Customer Review: Paperback (04 May, 1998) list price: $18.95  our price: $12.89 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Editorial Review Until about 1975, logarithms were every scientist's best friend. They were the basis of the slide rule that was the totemic wand of the trade, listed in huge books consulted in every library. Then handheld calculators arrived, and within a few years slide rules were museum pieces. But e remains, the center of the natural logarithmic function and of calculus. Eli Maor's book is the only more or less popular account of the history of this universal constant. Maor gives human faces to fundamental mathematics, as in his fantasia of a meeting between Johann Bernoulli and J.S. Bach. e: The Story of a Number would be an excellent choice for a high school or college student of trigonometry or calculus. Mary Ellen Curtin ... Read more Reviews (41)
A must for students of Mathematics
Great book Great author  Worth Reading!!
Never a boring moment. Isbn: 0691058547 
$12.89 
Maths: A Student's Survival Guide: A SelfHelp Workbook for Science and Engineering Students by Jenny Olive Average Customer Review: Paperback (16 July, 1998) list price: $35.00 US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (3)
One of the best books for self study Jenny Olive's book is very helpful for people entering into a self study math program to bring together their fragmented college level math education and build mathematical understanding. If you were like me, the fast pace of college level courses forced you to cut corners and rush through material without the deep understanding that builds confidence.The book begins with Algebra and moves on to Trig and Calculus.The explanations are extremely lucid and the exercises are put together intelligently to move you toward greater complexity.And yes, there is no substitute for working out the problems as any good mathematician will tell you.I disagree with a previous reviewer on this score. Although, I felt (somewhat arrogantly) that I did not need to review Algebra, I found myself red faced and stuck in some of the more advanced problems.Fortunately the clear explanation and repeated problem solving gave me the insights that I was lacking.I found it helpful to work with a graphing calculator to help visualize some of the mathematics.It's also a great way to learn a graphing calculator! I understand that Ms. Olive is adding two new chapters to her next edition, which she has kindly made available on her website for persons who own the current version. It would be nice if she would make it available in a downloadable PDF version. I am hoping that the author will choose to follow this up with similar books on Probability and Linear Algebra.Her recommendations for further reading would also be very helpful.Great math books (and math teachers)are worth their weight in gold.Buy this book for your math library.You won't regret it.
A great review
self help book for alg/trig/log/calc I. (applied science) Isbn: 0521575869 
A History of the Circle: Mathematical Reasoning and the Physical Universe by Ernest Zebrowski Average Customer Review: Hardcover (01 August, 1999) list price: $28.00  our price: $28.00 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (5)
Zebrowski's History of the Circle is a great fun book.
interesting but ...
Looking For Pi Info? Its Not Here. Isbn: 0813526779 
$28.00 
Who Is Fourier?: A Mathematical Adventure by Transnational College of Lex Tokyo, Yo Sakakibara, Alan Gleason, Transnational College of LEX Average Customer Review: Paperback (01 April, 1995) list price: $24.95  our price: $16.47 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (30)
Dime store teaching philosophy aimed at an unknown audience.
Excellent book on fourier transform However, the reason I can not give this book five star is that the book contains many redundant and irrelavant dialogues which distract your attention from time to time. To speed up your reading, you have to filter it out. In addition, this book is over size and make it difficult for bedtime reading.
DESERVE MORE THAN 100 STARS Isbn: 0964350408 
$16.47 
The Most Beautiful Mathematical Formulas by LionelSalem, FrédéricTestard, CoralieSalem Average Customer Review: Paperback (February, 1997) list price: $15.95  our price: $15.95 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (4)
Revelation
A book for CHILDREN, not for adults!!!
Beauty + Simplicity Isbn: 0471176621 
$15.95 
All You Wanted to Know About Mathematics but Were Afraid to Ask: Volume 2 : Mathematics for Science Students (All You Wanted to Know about Mathematics But Were Afraid to Ask) by Louis Lyons Average Customer Review: Paperback (30 April, 1998) list price: $32.99  our price: $32.99 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (2)
Amazing Book!!
get your books & pencils, be ready to ask & learn...... Isbn: 052143601X 
$32.99 
The Standard Deviants: Basic Math Average Customer Review: VHS Tape (20 October, 1998) list price: $19.99 US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Editorial Review In "The Zany World of Basic Math," the Standard Deviants, an ebullienttroupe of young performers whose specialty is taking serious subjects and makingthem offbeat enough to be memorable, tackle the most basic concepts ofmathematics. Starting off with explanations of integers, the program proceeds tocover addition, subtraction, and multiplication before moving into more advancedconcepts such as exponents and division. Throughout the program the cast crackspainfully corny jokes and occasionally dresses up in some bad costumes to maketheir points. Indeed, this must be the only math lesson to have a "comedyeditor" listed in the opening credits. The underlying principle is that if theperformers make spectacles of themselves, that serves as a mnemonic device andmakes the serious material they're imparting easier to remember. After coveringthe basics, the program moves into decimals, fractions, ratios, and percents.Following each section a quiz appears, which the student can either take orskip, and a "Grand Slam Exam" concludes the entire set of lessons. While thepresentation may be unorthodox, the academic material has been approved by apanel of professors. Though it's not intended as a substitute for classes inmath, students would benefit by using this as review material. Robert J.McNamara ... Read more Features
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Not for younger children
I love this stuff Asin: 6305214190 
The Standard Deviants  PreAlgebra, Parts 1 & 2 Average Customer Review: VHS Tape (15 February, 1999) list price: $33.99 US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Features
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A Wonderful Learning Tool Asin: 1581980426 
The Standard Deviants  Algebra, Parts 1 & 2 Average Customer Review: VHS Tape (20 October, 1998) list price: $33.99 US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Editorial Review Making algebra entertaining seems like a hopeless, if not downrightinsane, task, but that doesn't stop the Standard Deviants. A youthful cast of performers, who believe no joke, skit, or costume is too corny as long as it helps a student remember something important, throw themselves into "The Adventurous World of College Algebra" by beginning with a spoof of "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Inside a cave, two Indiana Jones wannabes search for, you guessed it, x. Despite the lighthearted approach, this is a serious algebra review course, compiled under the direction of academic advisers.The lessons begin by answering, "What is algebra?" and quickly move into quadratic roots and factors and a section on linear equations. A wacky sense of humor stays a constant, with spoofs of pop culture programs as well as flashy computer graphics appearing to illustrate essential concepts. At the end of each lesson a quiz appears (which the student can take or skip), and the DVD also contains the "Algebra Adventure," a multiple choice test taken by using the DVD player's remote control.A "Quick Review" segment provides a fast overview of the contents. This is an innovative approach to what has often been a daunting and dry subject.Robert J. McNamara ... Read more Features
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Very good
Savior
Pretty good overall for beginners or if having difficulty Asin: 6305217092 
The Standard Deviants  Geometry Video Box Average Customer Review: VHS Tape (27 April, 1999) list price: $33.98  our price: $32.28 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Features
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Geometry  Part 1 & 2 by The Standard Deviants Asin: 1581980493 
$32.28 
The Standard Deviants  Trigonometry, Parts 1 & 2 Average Customer Review: VHS Tape (20 October, 1998) list price: $33.99  our price: $32.29 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Features
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Good, Fun Video  only covers the basics
Pretty good
want some real advice...get the whole math pack Asin: 6305216967 
$32.29 
The Standard Deviants  PreCalculus, Parts 1 & 2 Average Customer Review: VHS Tape (20 October, 1998) list price: $33.99  our price: $32.29 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Features
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Good Intro  Watchable Video Asin: 6305216959 
$32.29 
Conquering Mathematics: From Arithmetic to Calculus by Lloyd Motz, Jefferson Hane Weaver Average Customer Review: Hardcover (01 April, 1991) list price: $24.95 US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (1)
Written for me! I have to say that the promises in the excerpt above are gracefully delivered. This is such a great book in it's scope. But it is completely missing graphic illustrations  you know, diagrams, figures, pictures, etc.. It could be the absolute best book hands down, if it just had illustrations in each chapter. Otherwise beautifully written. So, I can't give it five stars. A second edition with graphic illustrations would be awesome! You should know that there are no problemsolution exercises in the book but many good examples and applications are discussed. This book is very friendly and unassuming. Kudos to the Authors!!! OK, the chapters are as follows: 1. The Number System 2. Irrational Numbers, Imaginary Numbers, and Other Curiosities 3. From Arithmetic to Algebra 4. Graphic Algebra 5. The Geometry of Straight Line Figures 6. The Geometry of the Circle and Trigonometry 7. Analytic Geometry 8. The Calculus and Mathematics in Science Epilogue I loved it! Enjoy... ... Read more Isbn: 0306437686 
Basic Training in Mathematics : A Fitness Program for Science Students by R. Shankar Average Customer Review: Hardcover (30 June, 1995) list price: $72.50  our price: $72.50 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (7)
Kind of a last resort
A Quick math methods book
An excellent math review for physics Isbn: 0306450356 
$72.50 
Div, Grad, Curl, and All That: An Informal Text on Vector Calculus by H. M. Schey Average Customer Review: Paperback (01 October, 1996) list price: $32.70  our price: $32.70 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (21)
Great for review...not for first exposures
Excellent book, but not as a standalone text
A must for engineering and science students. This is about as tame a book on vector calculus as you could ever hope to meet, which is part of the reason it's been so popular for so long.It's very easy to read (as far as math texts go), it has many simple but effective illustrations, it has ample exercises (most of which have solutions in the back), and it avoids excessive formalism, instead focusing on the nutsandbolts of vector calculus as it most commonly arises in electrostatics, for example. Math majors will not be so enamored of this book, simply because of its heuristic approach (hence the word "informal" in the subtitle) and its close ties with applications, which it uses as motivation. Moreover, Schey does not develop differential forms or exterior calculus, which logically subsume and extend the material in this book (at the expense of far greater abstraction, which the majority of engineering and science students will prefer to avoid or at least delay).Instructors, if you teach electrostatics or fluid dynamics, you may wish to consider having this as a supplementary text for your students.It's such a clear and helpful little book your students will really appreciate it.(But, you already knew that.) Bottom line for engineering and science students: You need to know this material, and it simply won't get any easier than this.Don't wait for the audio edition! ... Read more Isbn: 0393969975 
$32.70 
Perfect Form by Don S. Lemons Average Customer Review: Paperback (03 March, 1997) list price: $26.95  our price: $26.95 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (3)
Fascinating Look at Variational Methods and Applications I have occasionally encountered variational methods, but until reading Perfect Form I had not appreciated the significance and scope and even fascination of this topic. In a little more than one hundred pages Dr. Don Lemons does a credible job of introducing a wide range of physics problems amenable to variational methods. He begins with optics and Fermat's Principle of Least Time and thereby motivates the derivation of the EulerLagrange equation. In later chapters he examines the principle of least potential energy, Lagrange multipliers, the principle of least action, and Hamilton's principle, in both a restricted and more general form. The supplementary problems at the end of each chapter are few in number, but are carefully defined and are more like tutorials than standalone problems. In my experience textbooks dedicated to this topic  like Calculus of Variations by Robert Weinstock and Introduction to the Calculus of Variations by Hans Sagan  are difficult and require considerable mathematical maturity. Other texts  like Advanced Calculus of Several Variables (C. H. Edwards) and Advanced Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Science Students (Stephenson and Radmore) and Mathematics Applied to Continuum Mechanics (L. A. Segel)  often relegate this subject to a single (and often final) chapter. Most undergraduates are unlikely to have time for a formal course in calculus of variations. With this book Don Lemons has convinced me that this topic is too important and too interesting to ignore. I recommend that you acquire a copy of Perfect Form for selfstudy or as supplementary text.
A nice short readable introduction Moreover, it motivates the material well.This is one of those books that keeps driving home a few, just a few points and avoids too many topics.For instance, I was never knew why the lagrangian should be the difference of kinetic and potential energies, this book will motivate this form. Finally, its a realistic book.I found no great effort in reading the entire book and working about 3/4 of the problems (some I just didn't find interesting) on my own in a busy semester.This is just a fun little book that shows you some variational methods!
Very readable introduction to calculus of variations. Isbn: 0691026637 
$26.95 
Numbers: The Universal Language by Denis Guedj Average Customer Review: Paperback (01 September, 1997) list price: $12.95  our price: $9.71 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (4)
gimme a break
Great Historical Book about Mathematics I am going to be teaching 9th grade Algebra soon and amlooking forward to sharing this book with my future students. I would liketo find some of the art used in this book to display in my classroom.Ifthere are any ideas as to where some can be found, please feel free toemail me.Hope you enjoy the book as much as I did!
A Mathematics Book That Will Change Your Life! Isbn: 0810928450 
$9.71 
An Imaginary Tale by Paul J. Nahin Average Customer Review: Hardcover (24 August, 1998) list price: $29.95  our price: $19.77 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Editorial Review At the very beginning of his book on i, the square root of minus one, Paul Nahin warns his readers: "An Imaginary Tale has a very strong historical component to it, but that does not mean it is a mathematical lightweight. But don't read too much into that either. It is *not* a scholarly tome meant to be read only by some mythical, elite group.... Large chunks of this book can, in fact, be read and understood by a high school senior who has paid attention to his or her teachers in the standard fare of precollege courses. Still, it will be most accessible to the million or so who each year complete a college course in freshman calculus.... But when I need to do an integral, let me assure you I have not fallen to my knees in dumbstruck horror. And neither should you." Nahin is a professor of electrical engineering at the University of New Hampshire; he has also written a number of science fiction short stories. His style is far more lively and humane than a mathematics textbook while covering much of the same ground. Readers will end up with a good sense for the mathematics of i and for its applications in physics and engineering. Mary Ellen Curtin ... Read more Reviews (31)
Many interesting aspects, but inconsistency a big detraction
Wish more books like this
somewhat dense and no problems to solve by the reader Maybe the professor could create a website with problems + solutions related to the subject matter  give us puzzle people a chance at solving at least a few problems on our own. ... Read more Isbn: 0691027951 
$19.77 
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